Another round-up and following on from the pick of Harrington Jackets, I’ve gone for 10 of the best classic bomber jackets.
This one has been much harder as there are so many bomber jackets out there and the number of jackets describing themselves as a bomber jacket. With that in mind, I have tried to confine myself to a basic formula of a jacket with a zip front and elasticated collar and cuffs. Well, that and not featuring flight jackets, which are similar, but a little more ‘military’. They probably deserve a section on their own.
Even taking all that into consideration, there are still a lot of examples out there, so take this as being my 10 favourites rather than completely definitive. After all, it’s really down to personal taste at the end of the day.
So away we go and note these are in no particular order…
1. A.P.C. suede bomber jacket
I’ll start with a classic silhouette, but one that comes at a price. Don’t worry, I’ll have a budget take on it later on.
This is typical of there French label’s timeless range, a calfskin bomber jacket with a full-length zip, ribbed trims, pockets and a jacket that will develop ‘a love-worn patina’ over time to age gracefully.
£1,059 for this one, although the retailer has one in a darker suede at half price if you can squeeze into a small.
2. Fred Perry Reissues tennis bomber jacket
I really can’t do a top 10 best classic bomber jackets without featuring this sporting classic.
Fred Perry brings out one or two colours of this pretty much every season, but rarely, if ever, changes the design itself. This is the original tennis jacket from the 1950s, made of a cotton twill fabric and with a zip front, elasticated he, ribbed trims and two side pockets.
A classic and mod essential, this jacket sells for £199. Note that Fred Perry does plenty of other bomber jackets too. I’ll be sneaking in something very different further down the list.
3. 1950s leather bomber jacket by Levi’s Vintage Clothing
Getting harder to find as the season ends, but this 1950s archive reissue is well worth seeking out.
This is an Italian-made bomber jacket cut from a full-grain leather in a distinctive blue and detailed with ribbed-knits trims, slant pockets, a full-zip front, full lining and the vintage Levi’s branding.
Not cheap though (like all the Levi’s Vintage range), going for around £660.
4. AMI Suede bomber jacket
Another that’s ridiculously expensive, but I still can’t resist this suede bomber.
I think it’s the lighter colour suede from the French maker (a bronze shade if you like) along with the angled, zip pockets. It just works as an eye-catching piece.
Whether it’s worth the £1,059 is another thing. Perhaps chase it down in the sales.
5. Toland suede bomber jacket by Golden Bear
Yes, another suede jacket, but a much darker suede this time.
I have featured Golden Bear in the past. Essentially, this is a longstanding US brand that specialises in classic college designs. Like this one, for example.
The Toland is made from soft suede in a deep burgundy hue, with ribbed cuffs, two front welt pockets, three internal pockets and a full lining. Another pricey one at £735.
6. Maison Kitsune Tricolour Fox bomber jacket
Not really the kind of jacket for the time of year, but a fairly timeless design that will do you proud when the weather warms up.
It has been in the range for a couple of years, but this one came of age when Paul Weller was spotted wearing it. Sales shot up and it has been a staple for Maison Kitsune ever since. Hence why it has made the best classic bomber jackets round-up. That and the fact that I love it.
A lightweight jacket, it has raglan sleeves, a zip front, two side pockets, the logo on the chest and a ribbed collar, cuffs and hem. £10 for this one.
7. ASOS classic suede bomber jacket in tan
I said I had a budget suede bomber jacket and here it is.
Of course, you will trade off some touches, not least the quality of the suede I would guess, but this is a decent option if you are on a budget.
A regular fit bomber jacket in a tan shade of suede and with the baseball collar. zip front, side zip pockets plus elasticated hem and cuffs. Simple as that. £100 for this one.
8. Fred Perry cord bomber jacket
I said a second instalment was coming from Fred Perry and here it is.
To be honest, I could have picked more. Do check out the Fred Perry x Miles Kane Houndstooth Bomber Jacket for example, which narrowly missed the cut. But I think I prefer this one.
A cord jacket in a hunting green, it has a touch of the Harrington about it with those pockets, but otherwise is in keeping with the bomber jacket design, not least with collar, cuffs and hem. Fred Perry logo, of course. £175 for this.
9. Universal Works wool bomber jacket
I was going to feature the amazing vintage Buco Spectator Sweatshirt by The Real McCoy’s, but I decided that was more a sweatshirt than a jacket. This one just about goes the other way.
Yes, its is made of a melton wool fabric, but at the end of the day, this is a jacket. One that should work at this time of the year too.
Like your typical bomber jacket, this one has the ribbed collar, cuffs and hem and a pair of slash pockets, but it also has dual zip fastening, a welt chest pocket and of course, the wool construction. £235 if you want one of these in your wardrobe.
10. Edifice nylon bomber jacket
This one only just landed, but I like it very much, so it made the cut into the best classic bomber jackets round-up.
I think it’s because of the colour and the more unusual materials. It is actually made from nylon from esteemed Italian manufacturer Limonta, with details such as contrasting ribbed collar, cuffs and hem, two button pockets and two-way zip.
£215 is the price of this one.